A group of companies based in the northern part of Lantau Island is hiring as many as 5,500 people as it seeks to profit from business opportunities brought by development plans in the area.
Members of the Aero-Bridgehead Economy Employers Network, which was formed last year, opened a four-day job fair at Citywalk in Tsuen Wan on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
This is the second event of its kind organized by the group, after the one held in May last year, when 4,000 job vacancies were available.
Participating companies are optimistic about the future, noting that there are many business opportunities in aviation, tourism, logistics and other industries in northern Lantau.
Besides the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link that is scheduled to open next year, the area will see several other major projects in the coming years, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the third airport runway.
Some companies in the area expect manpower needs to rise by 30 to 100 percent in the next five years, while some academics estimate about 300,000 jobs will be created in Lautau and northwest New Territories, providing excellent opportunities for young people.
However, quite a few companies admit difficulty in recruiting enough people to meet their needs, partly because northern Lantau is relatively more remote than other commercial districts in Hong Kong.
Aviation Security Co. Ltd. said it expects to add more than 2,000 to its current 4,000-plus staff by the time the third airport runway is completed in 2023, but such a goal can only be achieved by offering better remuneration packages to jobseekers.
Regal Hotel said its plan to open another hotel near the airport will increase its manpower needs.
In order to attract qualified people, the company is offering more benefits, such as faster promotion, transport subsidies, and even discount passes for the entire family for leisure activities in the area.
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